Kyoto Animation Arson Attack: 330 People Killed

33 people have been killed with a dozen more injured in an arson attack at the famous Kyoto Animation building in Japan.

According to THR, the attack was carried out by a 41-year-old suspect in what has not been described as the worst mass murder in Japan since the end of World War II.

The report continued:

It all started around 10.30 a.m. local time on Thursday when the 41-year-old suspect walked into the entrance of the 1st Studio of Kyoto Animation in Fushimi Ward, Kyoto City. Security doors were open, despite the company receiving multiple death threats recently, because staff were expecting visitors.

The attacker was said to be carrying 11 gallons of gasoline which he had carried to the building on a trolley after transferring it from two 20-liter cans. While pouring the flammable liquid around the entrance and first floor of the office, he also threw it over some workers and managed to set himself on fire as he started the blaze with a long BBQ-type lighter.

The arsonist and some members of staff ran from the building, with their clothes and hair ablaze, according to witnesses.

An explosion on the ground floor was reported by those nearby, which may have been the large quantity of gasoline igniting.

Staff appear to have headed for the upper floors in an attempt to escape the rapidly spreading flames, and at least one emergency call pleaded for help, saying, “The fire is rising through the building.”

19 of the bodies were found on third floor, many on stairs that went up to the roof, while 11 were discovered on the second floor. Of the dead, 19 are female and 11 male, while the gender of one was unable to be determined. The studio was known for its many female animators and writers, as well as stories about women, in an industry that is relatively male dominated.

The suspect attempted to escape, but collapsed after ringing the bell of an elderly lady’s house nearby. The woman said he was shoeless, bleeding from his feet and that his jeans were still on fire. She hosed him with water, after which he was caught by police.

Now details of the arson have surfaced.

Speaking with the police, the suspect said why he started the fire, what he had used, and claimed he had done so because the studio had stolen his ideas.

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